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Astellas is announcing an Associate General Counsel Commercial opportunity in Northbrook, IL.
Purpose & Scope:
Responsible for providing practical, timely and high quality legal services for commercial transactions which covers a broad spectrum of support to Sales and Marketing, Health Systems, Government Pricing/Contracts, Business Development and Alliance Management, Supply Chain/Manufacturing, and Latin American commercial group. Independently provides leadership on cross-functional teams, identifies legal issues, provides legal options and analysis of possible legal solutions, and gives recommendations for addressing critical issues so that business and legal objectives are met. Advises and consults with employees, and managers and senior management, and educates clients on proactive measures.
The ultimate responsibility of this position is to facilitate the business objectives of the Company by providing timely and effective legal support to each of these functions, as well as minimizing potential legal exposure and risk.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
Recognizes and balances competing interests of Legal and business people. Arrives at balanced solutions in contract negotiations. Clearly and effectively renders practical, timely legal advice on commercial transactional matters.
Serves as the "go to" Commercial Legal representative for one or more commercial business units; represents the Commercial Legal group in the rendering of advice and delivery of other legal services to senior management.
Acts independently with due regard for keeping the Deputy General Counsel informed.
Analyzes complex transactions on a timely basis and memorializes them in well-developed agreements.
Creatively resolves complex legal issues in a manner that fosters the Company's business interests and advances Company's goals.
Clearly and effectively explains complex legal/commercial issues and transactions to all levels of Company management, including senior management.
Advises on government pricing issues (Medicaid, Medicare, etc.).
Manages outside counsel effectively and efficiently, and consistent with applicable budgets. Works creatively with outside counsel to minimize fees and costs.
Identifies, develops and leads special projects.
Reviews, analyzes and keeps current on federal and state legal developments, affecting the pharmaceutical industry, and advises clients accordingly, including U.S. anti-kickback, government pricing, anti-bribery/anti-corruption and antitrust laws.
Manages one or more attorneys/paralegals
Overnight Travel as needed.
Responsible for operating within the Legal budget, and any applicable project specific budgets.
Reports to Deputy General Counsel, Development & Commercial Legal.
Juris Doctor required and licensed to practice law.
Minimum of 10 years related experience in corporate legal department or law firm.
Strong negotiation, oral and written communication, presentation, training, organizational, and teamwork skills required.
Self-motivated, innovative, strategic, detail-oriented and able to provide high quality and timely work product. Able to manage multiple projects and work successfully in a fast paced environment under time deadlines.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Understands and appropriately manages the cultural and logistical challenges of working with a foreign parent company and global organization.
Ability to independently and effectively provide leadership to cross-functional teams and to deliver legal presentations to senior management committees.
In-depth understanding of the legal issues affecting the pharmaceutical industry, including US regulatory processes for prescription drugs, including U.S. anti-kickback, government pricing, anti-bribery/anti-corruption and antitrust laws.
Working knowledge of ex-US legal developments that affect decision-making in the US and Astellas' global business. Strong knowledge and understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, including IP, manufacturing, R&D, regulatory and commercial elements.
Proven ability to foster business process improvements.
Licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Experience in working as in-house counsel responsible for commercial legal matters in the prescription pharmaceutical industry.
Astellas Pharma US, Inc., is a U.S. affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Located in Northbrook, Illinois, the company serves as the headquarters for the Americas and employs nearly 3,000 people. Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products.
Our commitment to changing tomorrow is measured not only by our focus on bringing innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians, but also by the importance we place on the impact we can make within the communities where we work and live. Astellas supports many causes and has created Changing Tomorrow Day, an annual, worldwide volunteer event, to demonstrate this commitment.